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Nazi Film Melodrama

Laura Heins


Focusing on German romance films, domestic melodramas, and home front films from 1933 to 1945, this book shows how melodramatic elements in Nazi cinema functioned as part of a project to move affect, body, and desire beyond the confines of bourgeois culture and participate in a curious modernization of sexuality engineered to advance the imperialist goals of the Third Reich. Rather than reinforcing traditional gender role divisions and the status quo of the nuclear family, these films were much more permissive about desire and sexuality than previously assumed. Offering a comparative analysis ... More

Keywords: German romance films, domestic melodrama, home front films, Nazi cinema, Third Reich, desire, sexuality, liberation, sexual morality, Nazi state

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780252037740
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037740.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Heins, author
University of Virginia